Went into a client meeting to present pricing, timescales etc. for custom web app. After a short period of chit chat they tell me they've gone way over budget. They explain to me that they'll need to close their business if they don't get this thing built (the business consists of him and the other guy at the meeting). They currently have a website that is an e-commerce type deal, apart from the checkout process doesn't work! They basically want me to do it for free.

I may consider if I was going to benefit from new clients etc. but I'm not.

However, the problem is that one of my companies has been (IT) supporting this guy's other company for around 5 years. It's a bit of a shitty situation as that contract accounts for about 15% of our income.

That meeting was last Monday and I told them I would think about it. I have another meeting this Friday and am thinking I'm going to have to break the news gently ffs.

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    Can you swing the idea of taking a percentage of their sales?
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    @fattymiller honestly I don't know. The business is actually doing relatively well despite the lack of payment processing on the website. It's also quite new at around a year old. I think they'll continue to grow too but I'm a little disgruntled that they're expecting it to be done free and hadn't even offered anything for the hours I'll be putting in.

    Well I'll see if I can persuade them to give me something on Friday.
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    Well that meeting was a pile of shite.
    Some clients just don't listen. Worst of all they booked radio time to advertise the (incomplete) web app that runs in 2 weeks. I mean, seriously guys, wtf?
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